Austin Hargrave (born July 25, 1990), more commonly known by his Internet pseudonym PeanutButterGamer, is an American YouTube gaming personality. His main channel, PeanutButterGamer, primarily consists of comedic reviews and Top 10's, while his second channel, PBGGameplay, consists primarily of Let's Plays. Hargrave has expressed his love for the Legend of Zelda franchise, even going so far as to create a celebration of the series called Zelda Month, which takes place throughout the month of November.
In 2010 Hargrave, alongside Jon "JonTron" Jafari, founded the video game group Normal Boots.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Austin Hargrave was born on July 25, 1990, in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his childhood he enjoyed playing video games, especially those on Nintendo consoles. At the age of 12, Hargrave, alongside friends, started creating skits and other type of videos, and uploaded these online. Hargrave was younger than the rest of his friends, so as they went onto college he was left to make videos by himself.
Career[edit | edit source]
PeanutButterGamer[edit | edit source]
On 16 January, 2009, Hargrave created the PeanutButterGamer channel on YouTube, and started uploading videos on Video Games. Most of the early PeanutButterGamer videos have been removed, leaving the earliest video on the channel to be from October 2009. Hargrave chose the name PeanutButterGamer as he had a childhood nickname "Jiffy", and this led his friends to call him "Jiffy Peanut Butter".
Once he finished school Hargrave went to college in Dallas. During this time he continued to create videos, even managing to get onto the front page of ScrewAttack.
In 2012, Hargrave decided to drop out of college once he was getting about 100,000 views on every video.
Hargrave has uploaded over 180 videos on his main channel, and across these videos he has had multiple different 'shows'. Two of these oldest shows were To Kill an Avatar, and the G-Files, both of which are now defunct. In To Kill an Avatar, Hargrave tried to kill video game characters in the most ways he could, while in the G-Files he went over creepy aspects of video games. As Hargrave's direction of his channel became clear, he thought that these two shows did not match the direction of his channel. Hargrave still uploads Comedic Reviews, Top 10's, Hacking videos and the Goodwill series. The Goodwill series is a show where Hargrave buys items from his local thrift Store, and shows what he got and its condition.
On the PeanutButterGamer channel Hargrave mostly uploads videos on obscure games or Nintendo games. He has uploaded multiple videos on the Legend of Zelda series, Mario franchise, Harvest Moon games, and Animal Crossing games.
Zelda Month[edit | edit source]
The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of Hargraves favorite video game franchises, and in 2011 decided to celebrate the series. In November 2011, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was released, so Hargrave decided to dedicate the whole month of November to creating Zelda videos on both his Main channel and Gameplay channel. He has continued to dedicate each November to the series, uploading about 5 videos each Zelda month.
Zelda Month is now celebrated by many across the internet during November including other YouTubers, such as; MatPat, The Completionist and Game Grumps, and Streamers and creators on other platforms.
In 2017, Hargrave decided to replace Zelda month with Mario month, due to the upcoming release of Super Mario Odyssey, as well as Mario Party: The Top 100.
Zelda month returned for November 2018.
PBGGameplay[edit | edit source]
Due to the time it took for Hargrave to create new PeanutButterGamer videos, fans were often asking when he would make the next video. To combat this problem, Hargrave decided to create PBGGameplay on the 23rd of March, 2010, where he would upload daily videos.
Hardcore[edit | edit source]
On the PBGGameplay channel, Hargrave uploads his Hardcore series. In this series, Hargrave alongside fellow YouTubers and Streamers, try to complete a set goal in a game. However if you die in the game you cannot continue to play. Alongside Hargrave, regular members are; his friend Dean, Barry Kramer, Jeff Fabre and Jared Knabenbauer. Hargrave's brother Stewart was also a regular, but after the Sixth Season of Minecraft Hardcore, he announced his retirement from the series. Special guests included in some seasons were; The Completionist, Jesse Cox, JonTron and Brutalmoose. Across the multiple series they have played; Minecraft, DayZ, Terraria, MineZ, Diablo II and Starbound. However, all Hardcore series starring Knabenbauer have been taken down following his controversy.
PB&Jeff[edit | edit source]
On July 11, 2015, Hargrave alongside his friend, and then editor, Jeff 'Spacehamster' Fabre, released the first episodes of their ongoing series, PB&Jeff. In this series Hargrave and Fabre play random games, and these videos make up the majority of videos on the channel.
Normal Boots[edit | edit source]
During late 2010, Hargrave and fellow YouTuber Jon Jafari decided to leave ScrewAttack and start their own website for content creators. Soon after the creation of the site Indie Games Searchlight and Cold Morning joined the group. In June 2011, the YouTube channel Continue? joined, while in August of the same year, Underbelly joined. In October of 2011, Cold Morning left, and in June of 2012, Underbelly left. However shortly after each departure new YouTubers joined, with The Completionist joining in November of 2011, and Did You Know Gaming? joining in July of 2012.
In November of 2012, the website shutdown due to there being no benefits of posting videos on it.
Normal Boots relaunched on January 25, 2014, so that the members could upload videos that weren't "YouTube friendly". Hargrave alongside the remaining members of Normal Boots, apart from Indie Games Searchlight, came back, with two new YouTubers joining, ProJared and Satchell Drakes.
On the May 17, 2017, the group announced that they were going to reconnect due to the creators drifting apart. A new YouTube channel was created to unite the creators. During this time Jafari decided to leave to focus on his own channel, after a controversy about multiple racial comments he made online.
On the May 9, 2019, Normal Boots released a statement which stated that they were severing ties with site member Jared Knabenbauer a.k.a ProJared after details came out about him cheating on his wife, and allegations of sending, and asking for nude photos of minors. During this statement, Normal Boots revealed that they had been having an internal investigation into Knabenbauer for about a month. Due to the controversy surrounding Knabenbauer, Satchell Drakes announced on May 12 that he would be leaving the group.
Collaborations[edit | edit source]
Todd Schlickbernd of RatedSGames and Jack Miller of SuperPlaid64, edit the videos for Hargrave's main channel and gameplay channel.
On Hargrave's main channel numerous YouTubers have been featured in his videos. SpaceHamster, Brutalmoose, ProJared and JonTron have all appeared in at least two videos on the PeanutButterGamer channel. Yungtown appeared in a video titled "Why We Love Skyward Sword", MatPat appeared in the video "Top 8 WORST Zelda Items!", ProJared and The Completionist were featured in the video "Tri Force Heroes!", and Chadtronic appeared in the "Weird Zelda Commercials!" video.
Apart from the Hardcore and PB&Jeff series', on PBGGameplay Hargrave has had many YouTubers appear in videos. JonTron, ProJared, SpaceHamster, BrutalMoose, TotalBiscuit, AngryJoe, Criken, Dodger, Jesse Cox, Markiplier, Chaotic Monki, Kaeyi Dream, PushingUpRoses, The Completionist and DidYouKnowGaming? have all appeared in at least one video.
Hargrave has appeared in many YouTube videos. He has appeared in two Game Theory videos on the topic of The Legend of Zelda, and has done some voice-over work for DidYouKnowGaming? videos on the topics of The Legend of Zelda and Harvest Moon. He has also done voice-work for a DidYouKnowFood video on Reese Pieces, and has appeared in two The Completionist videos on the subject of The Legend of Zelda. He has appeared in Brutalmoose videos, SpaceHamster videos, TotalBiscuit videos, FootofaFerret videos and a ProJared video.
In 2017, Hargrave alongside Garrett Williamson and Luke "Yungtown" Sizemore released the song "Open Your Eyes".
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Hargrave has moved multiple times during his YouTube career, having lived in seven different places during this time. Currently he lives in Woodinville, Washington.
In 2015, Hargrave married his girlfriend Danielle.
Hargrave has 2 ferrets called Pixel and 8-bit, and 2 dogs called Luka and Azura. He also had a dog called Namira, but due to a failed surgery she had to be put down.